Former Seattle Seahawks superstar cornerback Richard Sherman was released to free agency and immediately signed by the Seahawks divisional rival San Francisco 49ers. His new deal is for three years and reportedly worth $39 million.
This is somewhat surprising, considering that Sherman is an aging defensive back who just recovered from an Achilles injury. I personally thought that they would try to steal the young and promising cornerback Kyle Fuller from the Chicago Bears. However, the 49ers desperately need defensive backs that can make an impact. If Sherman can return to his All-Pro form, he can be exactly what the 49ers need to take the next step defensively in being a championship contender.
The 49ers as an organization have made big moves to rebuild as quickly as possible. They hired head coach Kyle Shanahan, the former offensive coordinator of the Atlanta Falcons, a new general manager in John Lynch, and Jimmy Garoppolo, who is a fresh talent at quarterback that has improved tremendously from his time with the New England Patriots.
In terms of the big picture, the NFC West division has historically been either extremely good or appallingly bad. In this upcoming season, it looks like the division is going to be a toss up between the vastly rising and talented Los Angeles Rams, and the completely rebooted San Francisco 49ers. The other two teams in their division may have some work to do. The Arizona Cardinals have a huge void at the quarterback spot after Carson Palmer decided to retire. The Seattle Seahawks have been practically imploding their roster with exception to Russell Wilson, and it might be an ugly year for them.
Joshua Hamer - Contributing Sports Writer